When I first heard George Takei was going to be a participant on “The Celebrity Apprentice,” I was excited and afraid at the same time. You see, my gut told me that being a “nice guy” meant he would not last long and, as we recently found out, he did not.
He may have played a great Starship Captain on the silver screen, but Takei didn’t strike me as having the right attributes to succeed on Donald Trump’s show. After all, he is honest, well mannered, and respectful. So I worried that he would be eaten alive.
Well, I was glad to see that I was only partially right. Takei did fail at his first task as project manager, and the loss for the team proved to be his undoing. He was fired.
But he maintained every ounce of his integrity until the end. He didn’t deny his mistakes. He didn’t throw the blame on to other teammates that probably deserved it (you hear me Arsenio?). Like a true leader he took the fall and walked out of Trump Tower – unlike many other contestants – with all the class in the world.
I don’t think the task was a fair test of his abilities and I would have liked to see him have another shot at project management. But even though he lost, I must say I have more respect for George Takei than ever before because of the dignified way he handled the situation. Way to go, George! You are a true winner in my eyes.
I can’t wait to see him on stage soon with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them now.